- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 27, 2005

Name: Richard Oder

Company: Long & Foster Real Estate Inc.

Address: 2601 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC 20008

Phone: 202/329-6900

Fax: 202/332-2413

E-mail: [email protected]

Web site: www.homesdatabase.com/richardoder

Year started: 2000

How did you get started in real estate? After investing in real estate in my 20s, I slowly transitioned into real estate from my career as a CPA. I’ve never looked back.

How long with the current company? Five years

Licenses: Real estate sales in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia

Associations: Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors (GCAAR), National Association of Realtors (NAR)

Awards: GCAAR Top Producer, 2002; Long & Foster Top Individual Salesperson of the Year for Montgomery County and the District of Columbia Region, 2004; Top Individual Agent Woodley Park Office, 2004

Greatest accomplishment in past 12 months: I helped my mom sell her home, downsize and move to Lexington, Ky., to be closer to my sister. It was a tough transition emotionally, but it was the right thing to do. Everyone is doing well.

What is your area of specialty? Downtown Washington neighborhoods

Highest-priced home sold: $1,700,000

Most memorable house: I listed and sold a condo directly over a post office during the 2001 anthrax scare. It received multiple offers and sold in a few days.

Worst experience: It was a home that I personally purchased in 1997. The seller was a developer who failed to complete parts of the renovation prior to settlement. We had a very contentious four-hour settlement, but we eventually worked out the problems and closed the deal. It left such a bad taste in my mouth that I sold the house five months later, at a substantial profit.

Age: 39

Family: Single

Pets: Oscar, a French bulldog puppy

Education: Bachelor of science in accounting, University of Tennessee (Knoxville), 1988; master of science in business, University of Virginia, 1989

Outside interests: I love to read, work in the yard and travel. I spent two weeks in August traveling in Italy with several friends. My plan for next year is to wake up in Cape Town, South Africa, on my 40th birthday

Last book read: “Diary,” by Chuck Palahniuk

What kind of cars do you drive? 2002 Jaguar X Type and a 2004 Land Rover Discovery

What is your personal dream house? A sprawling, Spanish-style rambler in the desert in Paradise Valley, Ariz., with a big pool, an outdoor kitchen, lots of palm trees and cactus and a view of Camelback Mountain. Short of that, a nice home with parking in Georgetown’s East Village would suffice.

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